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PREVIEW Oxford United v Portsmouth

A full guide to Saturday's Sky Bet League 1 game at Grenoble Road

18 January 2019

Match Previews

PREVIEW Oxford United v Portsmouth

A full guide to Saturday's Sky Bet League 1 game at Grenoble Road

18 January 2019

Oxford United welcome the leaders on Saturday as they take on Portsmouth.

Tickets will remain available ONLINE ONLY until midday on Saturday via and we recommend using the Print at Home function. There will be no sales directly from the ticket office on the day. 


United received international clearance this morning for new signing Ahmed Kashi who signed on loan from Troyes yesterday. The former Charlton midfielder is involved for the first time while fellow new boys Jordan Graham and Mark Sykes are part of a home squad for the first time after four away games in a row for the U's.

Jamie Hanson is hoping to be involved after a dead leg and challenges Sam Long for the right back slot while Samir Carruthers is back in full training and is likely to be eased back with a spot on the bench.

Cameron Norman this morning completed a transfer to Walsall while Charlie Raglan joined Cheltenham on loan earlier in the week.

See Karl Robinson, Ahmed Kashi and Sam Long previewing the game in iFollow right now.

The Opposition
There will be no return for former United midfielder Danny Rose who left Pompey for League 2 strugglers Swindon Town yesterday. Lee Brown and Ben Close are both back in contention for Pompey after injury while Bryn Morris could make his debut after signing from Shrewsbury.

However Andre Green has been recalled from his loan spell by Aston Villa and the Blues are still missing Oli Hawkins (calf), Luke McGee (wrist) and Nathan Thompson (hamstring).

Getting Here

For a full guide to transport options, parking and buses CLICK HERE
The Football Special Buses are running as usual on Saturday.

On The Day
The gate behind the North Stand WILL be in operation, meaning no transfer from one end of the ground to the other behind that stand. All car parks are open: we will tweet if/when the east car park is full. 

The covers were on the pitch last night and will be tonight if required but no problems are anticipated with the pitch.

Guest Of Honour
We are delighted to have former United and Portsmouth midfielder Dave Waterman as our special guest tomorrow. Make Dave welcome and read a great interview with him in the Match Programme.

Away Fans
If you are a Pompey fan travelling to the game then a full Supporters Guide is available here: OUFCAwayDayInfo.pdf 

In Memoriam
There will be a minute's applause before the game in honour of the fans, former staff and ex players who passed away in 2018.

Oxford United pride ourselves on providing a great atmosphere for families to enjoy. We have a full Family Guide to games available here: OUFC Family Guide

Family Room
The Family Room is open for this game and features activities and games for young fans plus a chance to meet players before kick-off. It is free to join the fun and you can find it in the corner of the South and East Stands from 1.30pm onwards

iFollow is available with the full game LIVE to hear in the UK and Ireland and to see if you are overseas.There will be reaction from the key men after the game, and you can follow all the action on Twitter at @OUFCOfficial and on this site with our OUFC Live coverage. 

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